Cigarette Sermon Illustrations

Cigarette Sermon Illustrations

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Nineteen Poisons

Reading Dr. J. Dixon Mann, F.R.C.P., in the British Medical Journal, we learn that "tobacco contains not less than nineteen poisons, every one of which is capable of producing deadly effects. Several of these—nicotine, prussic acid, carbon monoxide, and pyridine—are deadly in small doses, so that the smoker cannot possibly escape their toxic effects." You would not recognize the names of most of the nineteen poisons he lists in his article, as they are mostly highly technical, but those above mentioned are familiar to you at least by name. For instance, carbon monoxide is the active element in ordinary gas used in your kitchen range, and is the thing that causes death when gas escapes in a closed room. It is also a frequent cause of death when persons start the engines of their automobiles in a closed garage. Dr. Kress tells us that "one gram of tobacco when smoked develops from sixty to eighty cubic centimeters of carbon monoxide."—Sunday School Times.


Edinburgh, Scotland (UPI)—Mrs. Mary Campbell said today she has been cured of her special craving for cigarettes—she now smokes them instead of eating them.

"It was when I was pregnant that I first started eating cigarettes," she said.
"The craving grew stronger and stronger until I was getting through as many as 100 a day," she said.

Mrs. Campbell said she finally sought medical advice when she began to get continually sick after eating cigarettes. And then there was the expense.

Cigarettes cost about 60 cents a pack in Britain and she said, "I was getting into debt." Doctors treated her in a hospital. She said the doctors told her "mental stress" caused her special craving.

"Now I am down to about 10 a day—but only to smoke," Mrs. Campbell said.

Now if this foolish woman will be as good to her nostrils and lungs as she is to her stomach in conquering this habit she will be more than a conqueror. I heard Dr. Biederwolf say that the only verse in the Bible which seems to favor the use of tobacco is found in the last chapter of Revelation: "He which is filthy, let him be filthy still."

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